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Notes on Luke 7:47-8:56

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Luke 7:47

forgiven . . . she loved much. The woman was not forgiven because she loved Jesus. Instead, she loved Jesus because she had already been forgiven (vv. 41-43). We see this by the contrast at the end of the verse: the one who is forgiven little, loves little. Jesus is clear that faith, not love brings salvation (v. 50).

Luke 7:48-49

sins are forgiven. See note on 5:21.

Luke 7:50

faith. A key part of entering God's salvation (5:20; 7:9; 8:25, 48; 17:19; 18:42); the forgiveness she received motivated her to act. saved you. Forgiveness of sins (v. 48) is connected to salvation in Luke's writings (Acts 3:19, 26; 5:31; 10:43; 13:38; 22:16; 26:18). peace. The blessing experienced by all who trust Jesus to save them from their sins.

More Teaching and Miracles - Luke 8:1-56

Luke brings together several accounts to further reveal Jesus's identity. He teaches (v. 1, 4-18, 21), heals (vv. 2, 26-35, 43-48), calms storms (vv. 22-25), and raises the dead (vv. 49-56). Most importantly, he is the object of saving faith.

Luke 8:1

Summary statement about the nature and extent of Jesus's ministry (see 4:14-15; 4:34-44). kingdom of God. Jesus preached about God's reign and how sinners could receive salvation, forgiveness, and peace with God (7:48-50; see note on 4:43). The twelve. See notes on 6:13-16.

Luke 8:2-3

In addition to the twelve apostles (v. 1), several women travelled with Jesus as disciples. This was unusual in that time, but shows the basic equality of Jesus's disciples (Gal. 3:27-29). Mary. A faithful follower of Jesus, even through his death (Matt. 27:55-56), burial (23:55), and resurrection (24:1-10). She was likely called Magdalene because she was from the region of Magdala. Joanna. A wealthy woman who received the gospel. She may have been the source of Luke's information about Herod (see note on 3:1). Her inclusion also showed the extent of Jesus's ministry. Susana. Her only appearance in the Bible. provided. Jesus was poor. Some wealthy women financially supported him and his disciples during their time of travelling and teaching (see 10:7; Matt. 10:10; 1 Cor. 9:14; Gal. 6:6).

Luke 8:4

parable. A story that uses aspects of everyday life to illustrate spiritual truths.

Luke 8:5-8

Jesus described a farmer throwing seed on various kinds of soil. Each soil produced a different result. Later he explained the meaning of the parable (vv. 9-15) sow. Ancient farmers would carry a bag of seed and sow by throwing the seed by hand. rock. Several places in Israel had thin layers of limestone under the top soil.

Luke 8:8

has ears . . . let him hear. A call to respond to Jesus's teaching with faith and obedience (see 14:35; Matt. 11:15; 13:9, 43; Mark 4:9).

Luke 8:10

Large crowds would often begin to follow Jesus (v. 1). However, many in the crowds were more interested in seeing miracles than receiving the gospel. Jesus quoted from Isaiah (Isa. 6:9-10) to show that parables were sometimes used to hide spiritual truth from such people. God would judge hard-hearted people who didn't listen to his word by hardening them even further (John 3:17-19; 9:39-41; Rom. 1:18-23; 9:17-18; Acts 28:26-27). Yet, Jesus revealed the secrets of the kingdom to his disciples who were eager for his teaching (v. 9, 11-15).

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